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After its visit to the Institute of Virology in Wuhan, The World Health Organization concluded (WHO) that the Covid-19 is unlikely to have come out of that laboratory, instead reaffirming the hypothesis that the virus is of animal origin.
The visit to the Wuhan labs, which comes a year after the first outbreaks in the city, did not change the narrative of the animal origin of the virus but did add “new details to the story,” explained Peter Ben Embarek, a member of the team sent by the WHO put it.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology has collected thousands of samples of the world’s most dangerous viruses, which generated rumors about the possibility that the virus had come from that laboratory, a hypothesis that the joint team from China and WHO have ruled out.
According to WHO, the possibility of the virus having left the Wuhan laboratory is so unlikely that it will not be mentioned in future studies on the spread of the coronavirus. China had already rejected accusations about its responsibility for the spread of the virus.
The WHO team’s findings strengthen the hypothesis of the zoonotic origin of the coronavirus, which presumably was transmitted from bats to other food animals, leading to the disease being contracted by humans.
China has hid its responsibility from COVID-19 expansion
Despite the WHO’s findings, the visit comes a year after the spread of the virus in Wuhan, giving the Chinese Communist Party time to erase any hint of Chinese government responsibility for the spread of the virus. In fact, the Daily Mail confirmed that China has scrubbed more than 300 studies done at the Wuhan lab including those of virologist Shi Zhengli who studied the transmissibility of diseases from bats to humans.
In June 2020, it was revealed that China knew about the Covid-19 genome and withheld its publication and the WHO became aware of it, but the WHO did not comment on the matter. According to AP, dozens of interviews with anonymous researchers revealed that the Chinese government delayed publication of the genomic picture of the coronavirus in an attempt to cover up the seriousness of the virus.
In fact, China only published its coronavirus data on January 11, long after other independent laboratories abroad had published their research results.
The German magazine Der Spiegel revealed that Xi Jinping personally asked WHO director Tedros Adhanom to slow down the revelations about the seriousness of Covid-19, in order to avoid a stain on China’s international image.
Despite deliberate delays in releasing information on Covid-19, the WHO publicly praised China’s handling of the pandemic and even went so far as to commend it for its commitment to transparency. However, recordings obtained by AP revealed WHO officials’ frustration with China’s secrecy, while the organization was complicit in China’s silence.
The Chinese government is tight-lipped about the information circulating around the virus. It forbids Chinese researchers to talk to the press or publicly inform their research without prior authorization from a Chinese Communist Party official.
In 2020, the Chinese government arrested billionaire Ren Zhiqiang for writing an essay criticizing the Chinese Communist Party’s handling of the pandemic. Xi Jinping’s courts sentenced Ren to 18 years in prison on charges of “corruption.”
China currently has a tiny number of infections relative to the size of its population. But given the numerous cover-ups by the Chinese Communist regime, there are serious doubts about the veracity of the figures presented, and the numbers of infections and deaths may be higher.
Economist, writer and liberal. With a focus on finance, the war on drugs, history, and geopolitics // Economista, escritor y liberal. Con enfoque en finanzas, guerra contra las drogas, historia y geopolítica